1. Discuss the European motives for expansion and colonization in the New
There are many reasons that contributed to the expansion and colonization by Europeans into the New World. Europeans believed the New World a place to practice religion without religious persecution, a place to find plentiful resources and a place to start new.
Many Europeans felt that they could colonize the New World without fear of religious persecution due to English and European Reformations. Protestant Reformation began in 1517, when Martin Luther openly challenged some of the basic practices and beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church. Martin Luther believed that salvation was possible through faith alone and not through good works or through
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This colony had a good relation with the neighboring tribes who traded with them, sold them land, gave them corn. This colony experienced no disease or famine. Marylanders also were assured freedom of worship to all Christians. Due to the friendly relations with tribes and lack of disease this colony did not suffer the same as those in Virginia had. The Massachusetts Bay colony was colonized by a group of Puritans that started a new enterprise called the Massachusetts Bay Company. They were able to get a charter from Charles I granting them land which is now Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The original motives for colonization were economic but later on became a place to emigrate and make a haven for Puritans. In 1630 seventeen ships and 1,000 people commanded by John Winthrop sailed to New England. At was the largest migration at the time and quickly produced several new settlements and a colonial government in Boston. Massachusetts was in many ways a “theocracy,” a society in which the line between the church and state was hard to see. The Massachusetts Bay colony had many early difficulties but unlike Virginia there were a large number of families which allowed their populations to increase at a higher rate. The colony had a good relationship with Indian tribes which allowed them to get food and advice. The Massachusetts Bay colony was able to succeed and prosper because they were structured,